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Firebird swimmers win at Manhattan

Manhattan ? Free State High’s boys swimming and diving team won the Manhattan triangular on Wednesday at the Kansas State Natatorium. The Firebirds picked up 212 points in the tri, edging Lawrence High (158 points) and Manhattan (156 points). They were lifted by victories in all three relays, ...

Two Firebirds sign letters

Two Free State High athletes signed their letters of intent to play college sports in the school’s library on Wednesday. Senior Paige Corcoran, a libero for the Firebirds’ volleyball team, signed with Johnson County Community College, and senior Lily Ross, an infielder for the softball ...

FSHS wrestlers take two wins

Topeka ? Free State High’s wrestling team won both of its matches in a double dual on Tuesday. The Firebirds beat Topeka High, 49-36, and topped Royal Valley, 45-27. They are now 3-1 in dual competition this season. FSHS will compete in the Shawnee Mission Northwest Invitational at 9 a.m. ...

FSHS girls cruise past K.C. Central

Kansas City, Mo. ? Sophomore Madison Piper scored 18 points to guide Free State High’s girls basketball team to a 49-29 victory over Kansas City (Mo.) Central Academy on Tuesday.Jaycie Bishop joined Piper in double figures with 10 and knocked down both of Free State’s three-pointers.Free ...

City wrestlers win divisions

Leavenworth ? Two city high school wrestlers took first place in their respective weight classes at the Leavenworth Challenger on Saturday afternoon. Lawrence High junior Alan Clothier, the defending Class 6A state champion at 182 pounds, won all four of his matches to take first place, and ...

Free State girls trip Topeka

The 1-2 punch of sophomore Madison Piper and senior Sarah Coversup powered the Free State High girls basketball team to a 61-44 victory over Topeka on Friday in the Firebirds’ season opener at FSHS.The Firebirds and Trojans were deadlocked at 17 early in the second quarter before Free State ...

FSHS wrestlers split matches

Olathe ? Free State High’s wrestling team split its matches in a double dual against Olathe East and Bishop Miege on Wednesday in Olathe. The Firebirds lost to Olathe East, 42-33, before beating Miege, 57-18. Isaiah Jacobs and Gage Foster both picked up two wins throughout the day, while Tate ...

FSHS gymnasts tapped all-league

Two Free State High gymnasts earned All-Sunflower League honors this season. Senior Grace Bartle earned league honors on the vault, balance beam, floor exercise and all-around, while junior Callie Hicks was honored for her performances on the uneven bars. The squad was selected by averaging ...

Firebirds take opener

Kansas City, Mo. ? If only looking at the score, Free State High’s boys basketball players were happy with their season-opening 67-32 victory over AC Prep on Thursday at the Interscholastic League Fieldhouse. But beyond the scoreboard, there were quite a few negatives that the Firebirds will ...

Ziegler sets record; Firebirds swimmers win opener

Free State High senior swimmer Jack Ziegler entered the season with his eyes set on the 50-yard freestyle school record. He wasn’t far behind it at the end of last year when he took 10th at state in the event.When he started swimming on Wednesday, in the first meet of the season, he knew he ...

Soccer coaches tap all-staters

Two Lawrence High boys soccer players earned All-State honors from the Kansas Soccer Coaches Association on Monday. LHS junior midfielder Piper Hubbell and senior defenseman Ellis Springe were both selected for the Class 6A second team. Mill Valley senior midfielder Dalton Sieperda was chosen ...

City players make all-league football

Five city football players earned first-team All-Sunflower League honors for their play this season. Lawrence High junior running back J.D. Woods, junior defensive end and right tackle Amani Bledsoe and junior middle linebacker Price Morgan were selected for the first team, along with Free ...

Free State boys hoops reloading

Thanksgiving has passed, and for the athletes at Free State High, that means the winter sports season is set to begin. Here is a look at what all of the Firebirds’ programs expect out of the upcoming year:Boys basketballMany of the familiar faces of Free State’s boys basketball team who ...

City boys soccer players named to all-league team

Several city boys soccer players picked up All-Sunflower League honors Monday.Lawrence High junior midfielder Piper Hubbell and Free State High senior forward Daniel Clarke were recognized on the first team. LHS senior forward Jakob Burdett, senior defenseman Ellis Springe and Free State junior ...

Firebirds eliminated in state semifinals

Free State High’s football players knew they needed to limit Hutchinson senior running back Blaik Middleton to reach the Class 6A state championship game. It didn’t happen. The Firebirds’ run through the playoffs came to a screeching halt on Friday, a 42-14 loss to Hutchinson in the state ...

FSHS, Hutch battling for finals berth

Two weeks ago, Free State High’s football team gave up 293 rushing yards in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs. Members of the defense vowed not to let that happen again. They lived up to their words last week, holding Junction City to eight rushing yards and just 118 yards of ...

Lions, Firebirds all-league in volleyball

Several city volleyball players were recognized on the All-Sunflower League team. Free State High senior libero Paige Corcoran and sophomore outside hitter Naomi Hickman were selected for the first team, along with Lawrence High junior middle blocker Caroline Dykes. Free State junior Allie ...

Firebirds’ Anderson, Bermel sign letters of intent

Last week, Free State High senior swimmer Eliza Anderson was stressed about making a decision on where to go to college. She was pressed up against the fall signing period deadline, which was Wednesday, and kept trying to go through the pros and cons of each of her finalists. Finally on Sunday, ...

Winter practices begin at LHS, FSHS

The first day of preseason practices and tryouts for high school winter sports teams opened inside of heated buildings away from the cold on Monday, with plenty of enthusiasm for the upcoming year. Lawrence High’s boys basketball team is expected to be one of the top teams in the state, ...

Motivated Firebirds surge into state semifinals

Free State High football players heard all offseason long about how they would struggle after losing last year’s graduating class. They kept that in the back of their minds throughout the season and were ready to prove a point against Junction City on Friday. After a few early mistakes, the ...